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Review: Roses

December 18, 2009

The Tolivers, the Warwicks and the Dumonts are the founding families of the small east Texas town of Howbutker.  The Tolivers own a cotton plantation, the Dumonts sell dry good and the Warwicks are timber barons.  The families have been friends for years and their histories are intertwined.  Percy Warwick and Mary Toliver were deeply in love but, sadly, never married.  That horrible mistake, and all of its consequences, have haunted Percy and Mary and their descendants for years.  Mary’s great-niece and Percy’s grandson find themselves trying to wade through all the deceit, secrets and lies.

Roses by Leila Meacham is a grand, sweeping multi-generational saga set in east Texas.  It’s over 600 pages long, but once I got into the story, I found it went very quickly.  At first, I thought it would be difficult to tell the families apart, but found that wasn’t a problem since there weren’t too many characters and they all had strong, distinct personalities.  I liked all of the characters in this book, except for Lucy, and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her.  I loved the fact that most of the female characters in this book are strong, driven women.

There were enough unexpected twists and turns in the plot to keep me interested and I found myself staying up late more than once to find out what was going to happen next.  I enjoyed this book and think it would be a great read for cold winter days.

Leila Meacham is a retired English teacher.  She should give hope to all aspiring authors, since she was in her sixties when she wrote Roses.  She will be interviewed on Blog Talk Radio on January 7 at 9PM Eastern Time.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.   I am an Amazon Associate.
37 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2009 6:30 am

    I kept thinking of Dallas whilst I read this. I love reading about big American families through the generations.

  2. December 18, 2009 6:36 am

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this book – I have it to be read and plan on starting it soon so I can review it when it comes out in January.

  3. December 18, 2009 6:51 am

    A multi generation family saga sounds really interesting. Would love to read this someday when it’s available here.

  4. December 18, 2009 8:15 am

    I think I’ve loved strong heroines ever since I saw Gone with the Wind for the first time.

    Roses sounds like perfect winter reading.

  5. December 18, 2009 8:21 am

    I’m so glad you liked this one. I just received my copy this week, and I was worried when I saw how long it was. I love family sagas, so I can’t wait to dig in.


  6. December 18, 2009 8:31 am

    I love the fact that the author is a retired teacher…yes, you never know what you might still achieve!

  7. December 18, 2009 8:37 am

    I love family sagas too and this one has been on my readar screen for a while. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it as we seem to have similar tastes.

    Have a great week and happy reading.

  8. December 18, 2009 8:42 am

    I love the cover, it’s so pretty and definitely draws your attention. I enjoy a good family saga and one with strong female characters. This sounds like a great book, will be adding it to my wishlist. Interesting details about the author, that is inspiring to hear stories about authors that get their start later in life. They have more wisdom from life experience as well, IMO.

  9. December 18, 2009 8:47 am

    I can’t wait to get to this one in the next year!

  10. December 18, 2009 8:52 am

    This sounds like one of those books I love to get lost in. Great review!

  11. December 18, 2009 9:00 am

    Great Review Kathy, You are the second person I know who’s read it and loved it. I have this one sitting on my shelf to read. I have to admit when it came I was pretty scared as I tend to stay away from thick books but now i am really excited to dig into this one.

  12. December 18, 2009 9:20 am

    Thanks for the review Kathy…I soooo want to read this book!

  13. December 18, 2009 9:24 am

    Sounds like this would make a good tv miniseries!

  14. December 18, 2009 9:33 am

    You said multigenerational saga and I immediately got turned off…but then I thought of Anna…She’d love this book. Was it as good as Galway Bay? That’s the only multigenerational saga I’ve read completely and loved.

  15. December 18, 2009 9:49 am

    Great recommendation. Big books can be intimidating, so it’s good to know that you not only enjoyed this one, but at points, couldn’t put it down.

    Straight From Hel

  16. December 18, 2009 11:25 am

    I love stories like this, yet another book to add to my growing wish list. haha!

  17. December 18, 2009 12:29 pm

    This sounds like a great book! I love nice thick books that keep me so interested that I can’t put them down at night.

  18. December 18, 2009 12:31 pm

    What a gorgeous cover (I am partial to roses) and wonderful review, as usual! This sounds like a book I’d thoroughly enjoy. Thanks for your review. 🙂

  19. December 18, 2009 12:42 pm

    I’ve seen this one around on a lot of blogs. I’m not sure I would enjoy it, but I happy you seemed to.

  20. December 18, 2009 1:02 pm

    I have this to read so I’m quite pleased you liked it.

  21. December 18, 2009 2:27 pm

    This looks good!

  22. December 18, 2009 3:21 pm

    This sounds excellent! I love finding a long book that sucks me in and holds my interest.

  23. December 18, 2009 3:26 pm

    In her 60’s? There’s hope for me yet!

  24. December 18, 2009 4:05 pm

    Glad to know the book was as good as the cover…those roses are gorgeous!

  25. December 18, 2009 7:13 pm

    I just started to read it. How exciting! I’m in Chapter 1.

  26. December 19, 2009 3:18 am

    I got this at BEA and am looking forward to it!

  27. December 19, 2009 8:20 am

    Wow that is inspirational that she was able to get this published later in life. Good for her!

  28. December 19, 2009 6:11 pm

    This one sounds really enjoyable but I’m a little bit intimidated by 600 pages + maybe this summer I’ll try it!

  29. December 19, 2009 8:15 pm

    I am intimidated by the size of the book, but I might pick it up if I ever feel ambitious! 🙂 And I love the cover. Gorgeous!

  30. December 19, 2009 9:43 pm

    Reading between the lines, I can’t help but wonder if you only just liked it, but didn’t love it. I have an ARC (from work) and may or may not read it.

  31. Murhl Blessing permalink
    December 20, 2009 10:37 am

    Sounds like the kind of book I would like to read. I like books that span generations.

  32. December 20, 2009 9:07 pm

    I’ve had this one on my list…and now I really can’t wait to read it. Glad you enjoyed it…!

  33. stacybuckeye permalink
    December 20, 2009 11:58 pm

    I love chunky family sagas 🙂 This one is going on my list.

  34. December 21, 2009 11:04 am

    Thanks to you I have a copy of the book. Like Meghan, I plan to read it in January.

  35. December 21, 2009 4:11 pm

    I love multi-generational sagas, but had not heard much about this book, apart from the fact that you mentioned it in a Mailbox Monday post! It sounds like this would be a good read for me, so I am going to be on the lookout for it. I really like the fact that it has a set of really strongly portrayed characters. Great review!

  36. December 22, 2009 10:05 am

    I’ve never been much into multigenerational sagas, but this one sounds interesting.

  37. December 29, 2009 11:57 am

    I’m glad you liked this one Kathy. I’m just going to start it today. You say it’s a good one to relax with on cold winter days so it should fit right in for me.

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